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Drama as private guards bar health workers from accessing hospital over salary arrears

19 November 2015, 09:41 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - Drama ensued as over 30 private guards manning Naitiri sub district hospital in Bungoma North sub-County protested delayed payment by blocking health workers from accessing the facility.

The guards who were contracted by Pride Kings Security Company said that they haven’t received their eight months salaries and they are suffering owing to the fact that they cannot meet their family obligations.

Job Mabonga narrated how his wife and children fled home as he was unable to feed or educate them.

“Since we were contracted, we haven’t been paid even a single cent yet we have a family to feed. That’s why we have decided to block entry for all nurses and doctors until the County government ends this pay dispute,” said Mabonga.

He said that the Pride Kings Security Company was contracted to offer the security services to all County government public institutions but it has failed to honour its pledge of paying the Company so that it can in turn wire the guards' salaries.

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“We will soon hold a mother of all demonstrations to the county headquarters to protest the salary delays if they don't pay us on time,” he said.

The four hour ordeal paralyzed services in the busy health facility until the guards were promised that they will be paid very soon. That is when they suspended the go-slow and opened the doors for the health workers.

Contacted, Pride Kings Director Operations Robert Namwetakho said that he has over 111 guards he assigned jobs in various public institutions but lack of payment is a great setback that has demoralized them.

“We are demanding over KES 13 million from the County government coffers but my efforts to get paid have always fallen on deaf ears as the guards keep on demanding for their salaries,” said Namwetakho.

It’s alleged that contractors and suppliers are demanding over KES 2.2 billion from the Bungoma County government for the last one year.

Contacted, public administration Chief Officer David Kibiti called on contractors and suppliers to be patient as they work on the best solution to pay them.

“We have a problem with E-procurement but we are going to pay them very soon. What we ask is perseverance from the owner of the Company,” said Kibiti.

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